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Jo’s Jottings: Hardship for some cause for celebration for others, as blizzard brings drought relief

By Jo Ellen Dale

In spite of the condition of some of the roads, a group of ladies from Richmond journeyed to Excelsior Springs to attend the Slightly Off Broadway Play “Old Time Country Blue Grass” Sunday afternoon.  Kylie Phipps from Richmond was singing in the production.  Those attending were Beverly Phipps, Kylie’s grandmother, Nadine Shiner, Pat Macey, Wilma Carter, Jan Jackson and Jeanne Schmidt.  Also in the audience were Kylie’s mother, Connie Phipps, and sister, Megan.  So sorry that I missed it and congratulations to Kylie.
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On Friday, Billie Hamann and I went to Independence to join the other members of our Old Couples’ Club for lunch at Longhorn Steakhouse and then on to the host and hostess’s for dessert, which was Razzle Berry pie and ice cream. Yum! There were light snow showers all day but nothing was sticking and the highways were clear.  Other members of our club were Jack and Jessamine Layman, and Fred and Paula Burress.  The food was delicious and of course we all ate too much. We try to get together at least once a month, which we all look forward to. ( I know, I know, never end a sentence with a preposition).  As I have mentioned before, Sir Winston Churchill once said, “There are some things we simply cannot up with put.”
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That evening Bonnie Pointer McCalley and I went to the Knights of Columbus fish fry held at the American Legion building.  There was what looked like a sell-out crowd to enjoy fish, slaw, onion rings, french fries, beans and many delicious desserts. I am what you might call replete and ready to diet.
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Saturday, Ideal Industries held its annual chili-soup dinner and this one was in honor of the late Janie Jackson, champion ticket seller for the event for many years.  Judging from the trouble I had finding a parking space, it was a record crowd.  Unlike last year, there was no one on duty to ensure the parking was done in an orderly manner.  I had to do a lot of maneuvering to exit the lot. However I am not complaining as it was well worth the effort.
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Well, I did it again!  I have misplaced my date book, a.k.a. my brains.  I hardly know what day it is without it much less where I am supposed to be.  Guess I will retrace my steps and try to find it. ( A little later) Eureka!  I found it and I am ashamed to tell you where. Yep, my capacious hand bag.
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I received an e-mail from Tina Rodenberg concerning the Richmond Spartans 10 and under traveling baseball team’s spaghetti lunch to raise money for league and tournament fees and equipment.  The team is made up of Richmond-area kids that love to play baseball. The dinner will be held Sunday, March 10 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Richmond United Methodist Church. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for kids 5 and under.  The meal includes spaghetti, bread, salad, dessert and drink.  Hope to see many of you there.
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Sunday afternoon, I went to the Farris Youth Theatre Company  production of “Jungle Party Tonight” and it was a treat. A delightful musical and one that the young people performed with energy and enthusiasm and obvious joy in what they were doing.  My young friend, Hannah Norris, was a butterfly, complete with wings and I visited with her after the show. There were also those dressed as crocodiles, a kangaroo and tigers in addition to the butterflies. My compliments to all those who had a part in this charming production.  I look forward to many more.
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Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time begins next Sunday and we “spring forward.” Especially be careful in the mornings as the kids waiting for the school buses may find themselves walking to the stops in the dark.
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Also next week there will be the annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon at United Christian Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m..  It will be the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner with all the trimmings. Hope to see you there.  Erin go Bragh!
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The weatherman says that we have seen the last of the snow.  Let’s hope he is right.
Keep writing. I enjoy hearing what’s going on with you, your family, your church and your organization!

DaleDbdale@aol.com

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